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Of the Land – local indigenous voices: Our land’s first peoples

May 11, 2016 by by Johnathan Gabriel Michael Underwood, contributing writer

Hello, hello; we have lots to say, many stories to tell, and much of our wisdom to pass your way. Too much to tell for our first issue. We are a small group of aboriginal writers who want to share some of our culture and give voices to our people who want to speak.

It is nice to meet you.

Over the next while we will be in this little space every issue of Nexus, sharing knowledge and anything we feel needs to be shared. We will transmit knowledge from our knowledge keepers, elders, and respected voices, for we would like to deliver our truths and share words with many.

Of the Land is a column about indigenous issues that appears in every issue of Nexus.

Of the Land is a column about indigenous issues that appears in every issue of Nexus.

We would like to take this section in the paper and use it to tell stories, share the words of our elders, or start a dialogue. We can talk about anything, really, for thousands and thousands, and thousands and thousands, of years we have lived here, and passed on the knowledge in those many years, so we might colour outside the lines a bit. We can colour outside those lines if we want; the lines ain’t got nothin’ on this HB2.

We, the writers, feel like we should create a dialogue and interact more with and between communities. We want to transmit knowledge and share about the communities we have here, the communities that have been here for centuries. We are the WSANEC people.

Hey, maybe we can even tell jokes. Okay, here is a fantastic one.

Knock knock…

Who’s there?

Police.

Police who?

Police let us in, it’s cold outside.

Did that one leave you speechless? I am not good at knock-knock jokes.

End of transmission.

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